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For a project for my harmony class I have to pick a standard with ABAC form. Looking through Real Books and other songbooks, I'm seeing mostly AABA or AB or even AABC songs. Any help with some ABAC songs?

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Night in Tunisia..or does it have too many As?
 

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hakukani said:
Night in Tunisia..or does it have too many As?

A Night in Tunisia only has 2 "A"'s in it. One at the begining and one at the end of "Tunisia".:D .
 

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Is Genesis' ABACAB considered a standard?
 

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chops2200 said:
Hey everyone,
For a project for my harmony class I have to pick a standard with ABAC form. lll . Any help with some ABAC songs?

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"When I Fall In Love" (ABAC )

" A Foggy Day" is ABAC form.
Also lets not forget an interesting one: ABAC, "Joshua " (Miles Davis/Victor Feldman): The meter and harmonic rhythm during the bridge make this piece both challenging and fun to play, a nutha ABAC.

Dexter Gordon's "Fried Bananas", with a 32 bar ABAC form.

Least we forget..."Giant Steps" (32 bar ABAC tune)

Or - " Someday My Prince Will Come ".

One of the gems of jazz...is With an A-B-A-C form “Sweet Georgia Brown” . Chord progression based on the “circle of fifths” define the first 16 bars, and the song takes some surprising harmonic detours that still sound modern to me. Then we could get ballastic picking tunes on SGB form like Jackie McLean based his “Donna” on “Sweet Georgia Brown” and Miles Davis recorded it as “Dig” . Also check out Monk’s Dream (1962), Thelonious Monks composition, “Bright Mississippi,” is also based on the chord changes of “Sweet Georgia Brown.” Plus- Charles Lloyd has a tune on these changes too.

Hope this helps..:) .If you play jazz and do not know these tunes, learn them.
Everyone plays these tunes. They are well known jazz standards.

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hakukani said:
Night in Tunisia..or does it have too many As?
A Night in Tunisia is AABA.

Tim Price said:
Dexter Gordon's "Fried Bananas", with a 32 bar ABAC form.
And Fried Bananas is really It Could Happen To You, so there's another one.

What about Fly Me To the Moon?
 

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Agent27 said:
A Night in Tunisia is AABA.
What about the C section before the break? So I guess it would be AABAC
 

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Isn't Giant Steps ABAB? In the head the 2nd time B is identical except for the last bar. Does that make it ABAC or ABAB with a 2nd time ending on the last bar. Also when you are soloing over it doesn't it become ABAB?

The form on Tunisia also depends on whether you're playing the head (with the C) or soloing (without the C except at the end). At least that's how I've heard it.
 

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Ken said:
Isn't Giant Steps ABAB? In the head the 2nd time B is identical except for the last bar. Does that make it ABAC or ABAB with a 2nd time ending on the last bar. Also when you are soloing over it doesn't it become ABAB?

The form on Tunisia also depends on whether you're playing the head (with the C) or soloing (without the C except at the end). At least that's how I've heard it.
I was thinking the same thing on Giant Steps. And I was referring to solo changes for A Night in Tunisia.
 

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BobbyC said:
Is Genesis' ABACAB considered a standard?

Isn't it ABBACAB? I could be wrong though.
 

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I was being silly but it's kind of weird.

It goes: intro, then A, B, A, C (but the C could could be considered C, D) then A, B and if you have the long version in goes into a D (or E) and then live it goes back to A [arrrgh, my head].

I heard a story once (maybe in an interview) that the song was named by the band due to it's ABACAB structure.

We do way too much drinking at these on the road business meetings - maybe I shouldn't be on the computer tonight.
 

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What about the more esoteric Jazz standards like "Thunderstruck." where the form is actually ACDC?
 

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Dog Pants said:
What about the more esoteric Jazz standards like "Thunderstruck." where the form is actually ACDC?

:D


Spoken like a true Aussie.
 
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